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    "Twilight Rain", a soft spacey rock tune

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    "Twilight Rain", a soft spacey rock tune




    a true story from childhood....

    the arrangement is a bit jazzy, with clean electric guitar and acoustic guitar blended,
    no drums, it's almost like a spacey folk tune.

    njoie

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    Very nice smooth sound. I like the blend of acoustic and electric guitars though i'm not liking the compressed acoustic so much, it just sounds too smashed almost keyboardy sounding. I remember you are a simon-Patrick/seagull player like myself-did you use that acoustic here? I like the movement and the changes, instead of holding the chords you do that nice ascending riff reminds me of holdsworth. Vocals sound great and the layering is tight. My only beef is the guitar solo-the muted stuff doesn't seem to jive, I would have gone with a Steve Howe clean jazzy approach tone wise but that's just me. I like the second solo with the distortion better than the first. On my third listen and this really sounds nice. How many songs do you have in your catalog man?!

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    I really like the vocals. I like the sound, like the tasteful arrangement, and the singer's style - he doesn't try to do too much and yet there is plenty of expression.

    I like the clean trebles of the rhythm guitar. I like the smoothness of the bass. Has a fretless feel almost.

    The only comment I really have is I wish the guitar solos had a tad more brightness. Great solos btw.

    Really like the blend at the end.

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    Oh, but that is some sweet vocal! I don't have a lot of notes, except maybe that everything feels like the compressor is pumping fairly hard, especially on the acoustic rhythm track. It does help the layers mesh well, but it gives it kind of a late 80s feel. If that's what you're shooting for, then good on ya, you nailed it. I wouldn't classify this as complaint; just something I noticed. Kudos on how solidly the backup vox blend; it's utterly seamless. You manage to have significant density yet still each part is clear. One thing that's jumping out at me is the big windchime you have going seems a bit fat in the mix; it's a terrific effect, but is sitting in a place where it's mildly distracting. What a terrific piece though; the hook is superb, and your arrangement is spot-on. The performances are all first rate as well. Memorable stuff!
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    nice, guys, i appreciate the comments...

    i've been out of town, had a death in the family and had to fly back east from salt lake and deal with all that...
    so i've been out of pocket.

    i'll reply individually shortly...

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    stratomaster
    thanks for listening and commenting!
    i did compress the acoustics, not so much on tracking, but on mixing..
    i tried it without compression, and it sounded good for the acoustics,
    but stepped on the electrics, which i really wanted to be the primary sound here.....
    so production decision, boom, moving on......
    i used a Taylor 414 full sized auditorium on this one, i DO have a Seagull, but did not use it here.

    steve howe approach on the lead would have been totally right on, i'll have to consider a new approach to that one.

    songs in catalog?

    well, i have 11 songs off the "Trouble" album (out of print, thinking about re-releasing that one), 11 songs off the "The Time is Magic" album (cdbaby, i tunes, amazon), and i have 8 instrumental-only songs and 6 vocal songs in the can right now, waiting for the right project.

    i also have about 25 finished songs in demo format, that i've shelved for one reason or another, these are all on old cassette tapes and whatnot.

    i have about 196,423 left in my head right now.

    heheh

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    thanks man, for listening and commenting..

    i'm the singer, i play all the instruments and vocals.

    the bass part, yes, i tried to make it smooth and bend into certain notes,
    just for that affect of sounding almost fretless.

    those solos, i tried to brighten up, and did brighten them up from the original track,
    but it seemed the more i added treble, the more in your face it got, and the more it took away from the intimacy of the backing tracks, which i didn't want to happen.

    always compromising, when i move to production.

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    Really nice melodies, top composition, vocals are outstanding. Agree with the Yes comments. Very good at all.

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    Just needed a little Wakeman pomposity! - Actually no it doesn't.
    It's close to the edge but I won't push you.
    Cool stuff.

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    thanks phil, for the comments...

    compressors, not really getting hit too hard, but definitly smoothing out the levels.
    it's more the way i play the parts, as any signal processing.
    on typical rock stuff, i just dig in, but on this recording, i hit the strings soft and smooth, all very steady level wise.

    i don't know what a 'late 80's feel' is exactly, could you give some examples so i can study what you are hearing?
    appreciate the comments, glad you dig it


    bulls hit
    thanks man, for listening and commenting too...

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